SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the internet, word processing, etc..
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, have a Dell SP2309W (23 inch, 2048x1152, HDMI/DVI)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel Core i7 or i5, not sure which exactly. Would prefer i7 for hyperthreading, but if it limits me too much elsewhere, then I would go with i5. Open to suggestions for each.
Will also need a wireless networking card, probably an N for better reception and range.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No, at least for now. Unless better performance could be gained from dual cards, for cheaper.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 2048x1152, but would most likely play games at a lower resolution.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my first time building my own computer, I have a little experience working on them, but have really only dealt with putting in a new graphics card or putting in more RAM. I am looking for expandability for the future, as I will improve components down the line (most likely the graphics card and more RAM). I don't need a flashy case, just something that everything will fit in both now and the future, and one that has good cooling. As far as the graphics card, I would be willing to sacrifice some of it, if it would allow me to get a better processor. I am really not sure where to begin, so all help is much appreciated.
You might as well go down to a quality 550W PSU with jbakerlent's build since the motherboard's second PCI-E slot runs at 4x. You will not want to run Crossfire with that motherboard, so there's no use for 750W PSU.
You get a better case and more room in your harddrive...F3 isn't worth 140 less gb and $15 more.
I really feel like the 4870 is a better value than the 5770. Your really not going to be using the dx11 effects on the 5770 and there is only one game out that uses it anyways right now (battleforge). The 4870 is $35 less and it beats the 5770 in every game.
If you are not overclocking, the stock cooler should be adequite. Normally the motherboard comes with enough cables.
I would just look at linksys wireless cards. Brands really shouldnt matter but its often easier to get the configuration right if the card is the same brand as the router. Linksys is a bargain brand anyway so you wont save much with any other brand. There are alot of USB wireless cards which you may find much more convenient than installing one internally.
Motherboards normally come with a couple SATA HDD cables.
Unfortunately it jumps from the 5770 at $160ish to the 5850 at $260ish with nothing in between yet. There are plenty of 5770s available but 5850s are rare. They sell out within hours of arriving at stores so you have to be fast and lucky.
The 5770 is currently the same card with different stickers from each company. Buy based on warranty. I paid a bit more for an XFX 5770 because they have a double lifetime guarantee in the US (if I sell the card the next guy gets the lifetime guarantee also). Most companies give 2 years from date of purchase or 3 years from date of manufacture.
I just got a 5770 myself yesterday. It can max out the games I play on a 22 inch 1380x1050 LCD including AA, but some games I backed the setting off a bit to keep the minimum FPS up. Pushed too close to its limits it gets a bit choppy.
The cpu cooler will come with a small tube of thermal goo. Since you are using the stock cooler and not overclocking there is no point in buying high quality thermal goo. If you were to overlclock in the future you would have the option of using the goo that comes with the heatsink or buying some good quality goo.
Arctic Silver 5 is Arctic's good stuff. What you have linked may not be any better than what comes with the heatsink. I'm not expert on the different kinds of thermal goo. Other have different opinions and there are reviews showing which perform better and are easier to use and cleanup.